Awards for students participating in Go Global

Overview

Most undergraduate students who earn scholarships and other merit-based awards are required to meet the minimum credit-load and academic performance criteria, according to the Regulations Governing University Awards. However, there are some special circumstances in which exceptions apply.

About International Learning Awards

Over $1.4 million is awarded annually through scholarships and awards to UBC students participating in Go Global international learning programs.

Students who are eligible for awards (see specific criteria below) may receive one UBC or UBC-affiliated international learning award. Students are always offered the highest-value award that they are eligible for. Unless otherwise indicated, all students must meet eligibility criteria set out by the University Senate regarding awards.

Additional application details (if any) can be found by clicking the award names below.

Unless otherwise indicated, awards are available to students at both UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan. For students unable to meet the award criteria, please contact your Enrolment Services Advisor to discuss your situation. Students with extenuating circumstances that meant that they could not achieve the required credit level or grades may be eligible to submit an appeal after the award has been adjudicated. 

You can find your Enrolment Services Advisor on the Student Service Centre (SSC) by selecting "UBC contacts" under Personal Information. If you do not have an advisor, please email goglobal.awards@ubc.ca.  

Students can only be considered for one major International Learning Award throughout their degree (e.g., Arts Research Abroad (ARA) funded Global Seminars, Undergraduate Research Conference). 

In addition to applying for scholarships and awards, check out some tips and tools for budgeting to study abroad.

Featured Awards

The Global Pathfinder Award

Value: $5000 for Winter term-based experiences and $2000 for Summer and Research experiences 

About: Through the Global Pathfinder Award, established in 2019, UBC will award $100,000 in total funding to students who face barriers to participation in Go Global programming. 

Please note that this award is for programs taking place during the 2022/23 academic year.

Eligibility: Criteria for this award is broad in scope to recognize that all students have unique circumstances that may impact their ability to participate in international learning. Below is a list of suggested criteria that the selection committee may use:

  • Have not participated in a Go Global program in the past
  • Have unmet financial needs that hinder participation
  • Are eligible to participate in a Go Global program, and are in good standing in their faculty
  • Commitments and experience outside of school will be considered including:
    • family commitments
    • job commitments
    • community/faith commitments
  • Students that belong to under-represented or marginalized groups

All applications will be considered.

How to apply 

  1. Check the complete eligibility requirements for exchange.
  2. Log on to Gateway.
  3. Click on the “Search Experiences” tab
  4. Search “Pathfinder” in the Keywords section. This will bring up the application
  5. Select the term you wish to be abroad and complete your application

You can use the Global Pathfinder Budget Template (Excel spreadsheet) to plan your budget.

Application deadline

The deadline to apply for the Global Pathfinder Award is November 15, 2021 at 4:00 pm for Summer 2022, and 2022/23 winter term experiences. 

List of awards

Go Global Virtual Exchange Award 

Value: Up to $500 per experience

Eligibility requirements 

Awards of up to $500 each have been made available annually for undergraduate and graduate domestic students and international UBC students participating in a virtual international program through Go Global. The awards are offered to help offset the additional program costs of attending a virtual international program. The awards are made on the recommendation of Go Global, and eligible candidates will be considered automatically.

Go Global Award

Value: Up to $1,000 per term

Eligibility requirements

All students nominated for Exchange, Research Abroad, Global Seminars, Summer Abroad or Study Abroad travel programs will be considered for the Go Global award. A separate application is not required. If you meet the eligibility criteria, then you will be notified of your award after nomination to the program. Virtual programs are not eligible for this award.

To be eligible for the award, you must have an average of at least 70% on your best 18 credits in the Winter Session before your exchange (with no failed or incomplete courses) or your best 9 credits in Term 1 before your Global Seminar.

For example, if you are going on exchange in the 2021/22 Winter session (in Term 1, Term 2, or for the full year), then your eligibility will be determined by your average and credits in the 2020/21 Winter session. If you were on a co-op work term, you must have at least 70% on your best 9 credits in the other term.

Graduate students that are full-time and in good standing with their program with no outstanding or failed grades are also eligible for the Go Global Award.

How to apply

Candidates will be automatically considered with their program application.

Go Global Scholarship

Value: Up to $1,500 per term

Eligibility requirements

All undergraduate students nominated for Exchange or Research Abroad for the Winter Session will be considered for the Go Global Scholarship. A separate application is not required. The scholarship will be given on a competitive basis to those with the highest averages (minimum 75%) on their best 24 credits in the Winter Session before the exchange (with no failed or incomplete courses). For example, if you are going on exchange in the 2021/22 Winter session (in Term 1, Term 2, or for the full year), then your eligibility will be determined by your average and credits in the 2021/22 Winter session. If you were on a co-op work term, then you must achieve a minimum of 75% on at least 12 credits in the other term.

How to apply 

Candidates will be automatically considered with their program application.

Go Global Research Abroad Program Awards

Value: Up to $1000 per term

Eligibility requirements

All students accepted into a research abroad program, through Go Global, will be considered for this award. A separate application is not required. If you meet the eligibility criteria, then you will be notified of your award after acceptance into the program. To be eligible for the award, you must have an average of at least 70% on your best 24 credits in the Winter Session of the previous year (with no failed or incomplete courses). If you were on a co-op work term, you must have at least 70% on your best 12 credits in the other term. 

How to apply

Candidates are automatically considered with their program application.

Go Global Self-Directed Research Abroad Award

Value: Up to $2000 per term

Eligibility requirements

Must be a UBC degree-seeking student in good standing. Students must be undertaking research activity at a recognized research institution or research institute outside of Canada (i.e. an accredited university, or university- or government- affiliated research institute). Students must have support or supervision from a UBC faculty member and have confirmed an academic supervisor from the host institute. Students’ research activity must be a minimum of 4 weeks in duration and students must devote 30 – 40 hours per week on the research activity. Award recipients must meet the requirements of the host institution to be a visiting researcher or student (these vary by institution). Students must also complete the Student Safety Abroad travel requirements including reviewing online learning modules and completing the Student Safety Abroad Travel registry prior to departure. Learn more about this award and how to apply.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Arts Research Abroad (ARA) Award

Value: Up to 70% of International Service Learning and Global Seminar program costs (including flights). In cases of demonstrated financial need (determined by Enrolment Services), ARA may fund up to 100% of the program costs and flight.

Eligibility requirements

  • Be enrolled in UBC Vancouver’s Faculty of Arts.
  • Be in their third, fourth, or final year of study.
  • Be enrolled in at least 24 credits in the Winter Session before the program.
  • Must be registered in 24 credits in the current Winter Session, or sufficient to graduate.
  • Have a minimum average of 70% with no failed or incomplete courses.
  • If demand warrants, the most competitive applicants, based on average, specialization, and interest, will be offered the ARA funding.
  • Students with exceptional circumstances regarding credit loads should identify themselves to the program contacts.
  • Further ARA eligibility requirements particular to each program will be noted on the placement or program webpage.

How to apply

Candidates will be automatically considered with their program application.

Choquette Family Foundation Student Mobility Award

The Choquette Family Foundation offers awards totaling $100,000 for undergraduate and graduate UBC students participating in a Go Global program. The intention of these awards is to support academically strong students who are interested in participating in an international experience but could not do so without financial assistance.

Value: $10,000 (10 awards available)

Eligibility requirements 

  • Full-year (at least 8 months in length) exchange or research abroad programs outside of Canada (excluding Quebec) and the USA.
  • The international program must be at least eight months in duration.
  • Available only to students with demonstrated financial need. You must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.
  • You must have an average of at least 70% on your best 24 credits in the Winter Session before your exchange (with no failed or incomplete courses). If you were on a co-op work term, you must have at least 70% on your best 12 credits in the other term.
  • Required form (docx)

Deadline 

Applications are currently closed. Applications for the 2022/23 academic year will open on May 1, and be due at 4:00pm on July 15, 2022. ​​​​​​

One World International Scholarship and Premier's International Scholarship

Due to travel restrictions related to COVID-19, The Victoria Foundation made the difficult decision to suspend their international program scholarships for the 2020/21 academic year. This means that the One World and Premiere Awards will not be available for students travelling during term 2. 

Value: $1,000-$10,000

Eligibility requirements

  • You must have been nominated to participate in a Go Global exchange in the Winter Session.
  • You must achieve at least 75% on 24 credits (with no failed or incomplete courses) in the Winter Session prior to your exchange (or 12 credits if you were participating in co-op for one of the terms.
  • You must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada and have been a resident of BC for at least the past 12 months.
  • You must be participating in a Go Global exchange outside of Canada and the USA and not in a country from which you immigrated in the past 10 years.
  • You must meet the criteria identified on the One World International Scholarship application.
  • Find the required form on the website.

The Premier’s and One World scholarships are two separate applications. Students must fill out a separate Premier’s application (similar to but distinct from the One World application) in addition to a One World application if they wish to be considered for both.

You should submit the One World application package to UBC via our secure upload link, and submit the Premier’s application directly to the IKB Scholarship Society office.

Each application requires separate references. If you are using the same referrers for both, you should ask for two copies of the letters. If you are unable to obtain multiple copies, you can photocopy the references yourself as we will accept references even if they’re not in sealed envelopes.

This award was created by the Province of BC and the Irving K Barber British Columbia Scholarship Society to expand educational opportunities for students at post-secondary institutions across BC.

Deadline 

Applications are currently not available for these awards, and have been suspended for the 2021/22 academic year. 

Charlotte Froese FISCHER Student Mobility Award in Science

Value: Between $2000 - $5000 (alternates each year between outgoing UBC students – odd years, and incoming partner university students – even years).

Eligibility requirements

  • UBC Vancouver undergraduate students in the Faculty of Science
  • Full-year exchange programs outside of Canada
  • Alternates each year between outgoing UBC students and incoming partner university students
  • Preference is given to students who intend to complete two semesters abroad
  • The award will be given to an outbound student for the 2021/22 academic year

Deadline  

August 31 at 4:00 pm 

Killam American Fund Student Mobility Award

The award is open to both incoming and outgoing exchange participants who are US or Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada.

Value: $2,100

Eligibility requirements 

  • You must be nominated to attend a US partner university by Go Global.

  • You must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.

  • You must have at least 75% in the Winter Session before your exchange (and no failed, standing deferred, or incomplete courses).

  • You must be registered for at least 24 credits in the Winter Session. If you are on a co-op work term for one of the terms in the Winter Session, you must be registered for at least 12 credits in the other term.

How to apply

Candidates will be automatically considered with their program application.

NUS UBC Exchange Award

Value: $2,500 (amount varies each year)

Eligibility requirements 

  • You must be nominated for a Go Global program to the National University of Singapore.
  • You must have completed at least 18 credits in the Winter Session prior to your exchange with an average of at least 70% with no failed or incomplete courses.
  • Awards are competitive and will be automatically considered. $50,000 in total funding is allocated per year.

How to apply 

Candidates will be automatically considered with their program application. Only those students selected will be contacted.

Samson Sum Award – Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Award

Value: $2,000 (one award available)

Eligibility requirements 

  • You must have been nominated to participate in a Go Global program at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
  • You must have at least 75% in the Winter Session before your exchange (and no failed, standing deferred, or incomplete courses).
  • You must be registered for at least 24 credits in the Winter Session. If you are on a co-op work term for one of the terms in the Winter Session, you must be registered for at least 12 credits in the other term.

How to apply 

Candidates will be automatically considered with their program application. Only those students selected will be contacted. Conditional nominations for this award will be announced in late February.

Gary & Consuelo Corbett Canada-U.S. Fellowships Program

Value: $12,000

Eligibility requirements

Students applying to attend the University of Washington for exchange for the Full Year (September 2021 - June 2022). 

  • You must be an undergraduate student in good standing at UBC whose educational goals would be well served by a year of study at The University of Washington, Seattle. 
  • You must hold Canadian citizenship or P.R. and have attended high school in the lower mainland. This is a cash award of $12,000 (U.S.) to help defray the additional travel costs and living expenses. Under the UW-UBC exchange agreement, UBC students pay regular UBC tuition, plus miscellaneous fees, to study at the University of Washington. 

You can apply directly to the award, the successful candidate will be guaranteed an exchange at the University of Washington. 

How to apply

  1. Check the complete eligibility requirements for exchange
  2. Log on to Gateway
  3. Click on the “Search Experiences” tab.
  4. Search “Corbett” in the Keywords section. This will bring up the application.
  5. Select "Full Year" as the term you wish to be abroad and complete your application.

Deadline

Applications are not currently being accepted for this award. 

Piara Singh and Kartar Kaur Dhillon Memorial Education Abroad Award

Travel awards totalling $3,000 have been endowed in memory of Piara Singh and Kartar Kaur Dhillon, by their two eldest children, Rashpal S. Dhillon and Rashpal K. Purewal, whose parents immigrated to Canada from Pundori Ladha Singh, Punjab, India. The awards are to support the mobility of students between UBC and institutions in India. Financial need may be considered.

How to apply

There is no application. The awards are made on the recommendation of Go Global.

External awards

Go Global resources

If you have questions

You can contact Go Global by email, phone, in-person or virtually through Zoom.

Booking a virtual advising appointment

If you need to book an advising appointment, please complete the online request form. Appointments will be held through Zoom or by phone, and can be scheduled between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm PT from Monday to Friday. 

If you require an appointment outside of these hours, contact Go Global and they will do their best to accommodate. Appointments outside of regular hours can only be accommodated virtually.

In-person drop-in advising hours

Starting Tuesday, Sep 7, Go Global will offer in-person drop-in advising at the UBC Life Building during the times below:

  • Tuesday: 1:00 - 3:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Go Global 101: Virtual group advising sessions on Fridays

Sign up to attend a Friday group advising session online and learn more about the programs, talk to an advisor, or meet other students interested in Go Global programs.